The Scioto River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross held their 2nd Annual Glow Run event Saturday night.
The Glow Run raised money for the 2018 Dancing with Our Stars event, another large charity event hosted by the Red Cross. All proceeds from the Glow Run and the American Red Cross go towards providing disaster relief for families in need. Last year’s Glow Run raised close to $10,000 for the American Red Cross.
Debbie Smith and husband Bryan, both with the American Red Cross, stressed the importance of fundraisers like the Annual Glow Run.
“We’ve helped three families across two counties in the past 13 hours alone,” said Mr. Smith. “Another great service we do for the community is providing free smoke dectors.”
This year’s Glow Run began at 9 p.m. and offered an additional Fun Run for kids at 8:30 p.m. There were over 83 runners preregistered for the event, with dozens registering at the time of the event. The run also offered a neon face painting station, and a refreshment table with drinks and snacks.
A 15-member team of runners from HopeSource of Portsmouth lead by Brooke Morgan and Julie Eichenlaub were among the larger groups.
“This is our first year doing the Glow Run,” said Morgan. “We came out to support the Red Cross and also to get some exercise. These women are recovering from addiction and getting back into healthy habits while also supporting the community is a good opportunity.”
Another HopeSource member expressed her excitement on being able to give back to the community.
“I’m happy to be here tonight. It’s nice to be a part of something like this,” said the member.
Other attendees of the event also appreciated the opportunity to be involved with a good cause.
“It’s something good to be a part of,” said Melissa Magnetta, who is no stranger to charity runs and 5k events. “I plan on being involved next year as well.”
The Scioto River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross will be holding their Dancing on Broadway kickoff for the 2018 Dancing with Our Stars on November 3, 2017 from 5-7 pm at the Friends Community Center in Portsmouth.
Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 extension 1932